Bern, the Swiss capital, has retained its medieval magic and remained virtually unchanged for centuries, from its fountains to its cobbled streets and cellars. Many of these streets are lined by stone arcades housing small individual shops and cafés. It is no wonder the old town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The famous Paul Klee Museum, which hosts exciting art exhibitions throughout the year, sits slightly outside the city centre. Even though it is a capital city, the pace of life is slow and relaxing, making it an ideal destination for your next city break.
City breaks from £298pp
Highlights of Bern
- Bern Ticket offering free public transport in the city for every overnight guest
- UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Paul Klee Museum
- Sheltered shopping under 6km of arcades
- Famous Clock Tower
- The Bear Park
- Summer swimming in the river Aare
3* Hotel Kreuz
This beautiful old townhouse is close to the main railway station and the Swiss Parliament building. Restaurant Bärenhöfli, lounge, small gym, wonderful views over the old town and the Alps from the roof terrace.
Accommodation: 103 rooms with bath or shower, WC, hairdryer, TV, writing desk and Wi-Fi.
From £298 pp for 2 nights incl. flights from London
4*+ Hotel Allegro
Modern and stylish hotel situated just outside the Old Town centre, 10-12 minutes’ walk from the railway station. Facilities include 171 rooms, 2 bars, coffee shop, bistro for light dishes, a la carte restaurant with panoramic views, terrace, whirlpool, sauna & solarium, night club, free entrance to in-house casino.
Accommodation: All rooms have bath or shower, WC, satellite TV, radio, telephone, minibar and internet connection.
From £319 pp for 2 nights incl. flights from London
4* Hotel Bern
This hotel is in the heart of the old town, only a short walk from the train station. The hotel has 2 restaurants: the cosy 7-Stube, offering traditional Swiss cuisine, and the elegant Kurierstube, offering international cuisine (14 Gault-Millau points). The 95 modern rooms are all equipped with bath or shower, hairdryer, kettle, TV, desk and high speed internet connection.
From £307 pp for 2 nights incl. flights from London
5*+ Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & THE SPA
Long established, traditional hotel, centrally located. The hotel combines elegant interior design with cutting-edge facilities. Stylish lounge bar, Jack’s Brasserie, cigar lounge, open air Sky terrace. Spa area.
Accommodation: 99 generously proportioned rooms with bathroom, Nespresso machine, free Wi-Fi, BOSE Sound Dock, iPhone docking station. Deluxe rooms are more spacious.
From £478 pp for 2 nights incl. flights from London
- Return flights from UK with hand luggage only
- All taxes and fees
- Return rail transfers from Zürich airport & Half Fare Card
- 2 nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast (where mentioned)
- Bern Ticket offering free travel on public transport system throughout your stay
- Guided City Walk
- Digital Swiss Coupon Pass
- Small souvenir gift
Optional Excursions in Bern
- Duration: 50mins
- Departs: Outside the clock tower
- Operates: Daily (1st Apr – 31st Oct)
- Price: From £12pp
In the 13th-century tower, a remnant of the first city wall, the bell has been faithfully ringing the hours for over 600 years. Inside the tower, time seems to be standing still. A spiral staircase leads up to the observation platform with splendid views over the old town and towards the Alps. Everywhere you can hear the ticking of the medieval clockwork. You’ll witness the performance of the clockwork figures step by step. An extraordinary experience.
- Duration: 1-2 hours
- Location: Bern Historical Museum
- Operates: Tue–Sun 10:00–17:00 (closed 1st Aug, 28th Nov and 25th Dec)
- Price: From £15pp
Accompany Albert Einstein on his life’s journey and find out all about this brilliant physicist. Hundreds of original objects and replicas, films and numerous animations tell the story of a genius – both his ground-breaking discoveries and the private life behind the public figure. A virtual journey through the cosmos explains Einstein’s revolutionary theories clearly, and makes them easy to understand. The Einstein museum is located inside the Bern Historical Museum.